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Movie review: ‘Fading Gigolo’ a wispy New York romance
First Published May 09 2014 08:53 am • Last Updated May 09 2014 11:20 am

John Turturro writes and directs "Fading Gigolo," a romantic comedy so slight it blows away like steam off a manhole cover.

Turturro plays Fioravante, a part-time florist who’s pushed into a lucrative gig as a male prostitute for wealthy socialites. The guy doing the pushing is his friend Murray, a bankrupted bookseller played as a Woody Allen character by, naturally, Woody Allen.

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‘Fading Gigolo’

Opens Friday, May 2, at area theaters; rated R for some sexual content, language and brief nudity; 90 minutes.

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When not servicing rich women (played here by Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara), Fioravante strikes up a tentative, tender romance with Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), a Hasidic widow who’s barred by her Orthodox faith from being alone with another man.

Turturro creates a gentle love letter to New York neighborhoods and idiosyncracies, but his character is so unassuming he almost gets lost in the absurdity of the film’s premise.

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